After a campaign by Gordon Birtwistle, backed by hundreds of Burnley and Padiham residents who signed the petition, we have found out that Burnley Hospital will be receiving over £15 million investment for a state-of-the-art eye clinic, outpatients unit and surgical units.
The government has agreed in principle to allocating £15.6m to refurbish Burnley General Hospital, subject to a normal business case assessment, Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander has announced.
The funding will be used to greatly improve the hospital’s surgical centre, as well as create a new outpatients unit and ophthalmology centre.
Once the business case is finalised and approved, construction work is expected to take around one year to complete.
Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander said:
“I’ve been working closely with local partners who have highlighted to me how important it is for Burnley Hospital to have the money it needs for a complete refurbishment. So I’m delighted to be able to announce that I have agreed in principle to provide £15.6m for the Hospital.
“This is great news for the people of Burnley and I’m now calling on the Department of Health to work with East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust to ensure that this goes through as quickly as possible so work can start on this crucial local resource.”
Burnley and Padiham MP, Gordon Birtwistle, who led the campaign for the £15 million investment in Burnley Hospital said:
"I am absolutely delighted to hear that we have been successful in our campaign for Burnley Hospital. This £15 million will make a huge difference to the services provided by Burnley Hospital to local residents. After years of losing services under Labour, since I was elected in 2010 we have seen more services, more ambulances and more patients returning to our hospital. We will now continue to push for the return of full A&E services to Burnley Hospital."